Irish set for Sunday afternoon action...24/09/2017
The two clubs who earned automatic promotion from the Championship last season, Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United, are set to meet in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. Shane Duffy for the hosts and visiting duo, Rob Elliot and Ciaran Clark are expected to start at the Amex Stadium. The Championship sees the Sheffield derby meeting of Wednesday and United at Hillsborough with the hosts Keiren Westwood in opposition to Enda Stevens and Samir Carruthers.
U17 Women commence European Qualifying Round...24/09/2017
Our U17 Women, guided by senior head coach Colin Bell, commence their 2018 European Championship challenge when they face mini-group Four hosts Bosnia & Herzegovina at the National Football Centre in Zenica at 3pm on Sunday afternoon. The other two sides, Greece and Romania meet at the same venue earlier in the day.
Saturday afternoon action in the Premier League...23/09/2017
A knee injury ruled Jon Walters out of the Burnley side, but the trio of Robbie Brady Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Ward all started the scoreless draw with visitors Huddersfield Town. Shane Long retained his starting position for Southampton who went down to a one nil home defeat by visitors Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium.
The Championship on Saturday afternoon...23/09/2017
There was again a significant Irish presence in the Championship on Saturday afternoon with a couple of direct comparisons of particular interest. Preston North End played out a scoreless draw against visitors Millwall with strikers Sean Maguire and Aiden O'Brien in opposition, although both have been used by their clubs in wider positions recently. Reading and Hull City met at the Madejski Stadium with midfielders Liam Kelly and David Meyler direct midfield opponents in a one all draw. Conor Shaughnessy retained his starting position for Leeds United alongside Eunan O'Kane for the three two victory over visitors Ipswich Town for whom David McGoldrick scored their opener. Also on the scoresheet was Cyrus Christie who scored a very late equaliser for Middlesbrough at Fulham. The late kick-off saw Aston Villa, with Glenn Whelan and Conor Hourihane in their starting eleven and Scott Hogan a late substritute defeat Nottingham Forest by two goals to one, with Daryl Murphy scoring for Forest while Hourihane secured victory for the hosts from an excellent free kick.
Airtricity League action on Friday evening...22/09/2017
The RTE 2 cameras were in the Markets Field this Friday evening to bring live coverage of the Airtricity League Premier Division meeting of Limerick and champions elect Cork City, with the hosts creating quite a surprise with a two one victory which keeps the championship champagne on ice with only, but still distant, challengers Dundalk defeating local rivals Drogheda United by three goals to nil. Third place Shamrock Rovers defeated Finn Harps by four goals to one at Tallaght Stadium. Derry City, in fourth place, suffered an unexpected crushing five nil defeat by visitors Bray Wanderers in Maginn Park while Bohemian secured a three two success over near neighbours St Patrick's Athletic in Dalymount Park. Out West, Eamonn Deacy Park hosted another relegation contest with Galway United coming from behind to defeat Sligo Rovers by three goals to one.
Under 16s conplete double header in Romania...21/09/2017
Under16 Head Coach Paul Osam and his eighteen player squad have travelled to Romania where they went down to a three one defeat by their hosts in a friendly international on Tuesday afternoon. The sides met again on Thursday morning with the hosts prevailing by two goals to one.
More EFL Cup action on Wednesday evening...20/09/2017
The remaining contests in the third round of the EFL Cup took place this Wednesday evening with Irish involvement at a premium. Arsenal defeated Doncaster Rovers, who had goalkeeper Ian Lawlor in their side, by one goal to nil at the Emirates Stadium while Chelsea crushed Nottingham Forest, who had goalkeeper Stephen Henderson in action following his return from injury, by five goals to one at Stamford Bridge. Sunderland gave a start to Darron Gibson in their three nil defeat at Everton while Joe Mason started for Burton Albion who went down to a four one defeat at Manchester United. James McClean was an eightieth minute substitute for West Bromwich Albion in their two one defeat by visitors Manchester City.
Senior Women commence WC Qualifying campaign...19/09/2017
Our senior women, guided by head coach Colin Bell, commenced their 2019 World Cup Qualifying Group Three campaign with a two nil victory over Northern Ireland in Mourneview Park, Lurgan this evening. An own goal, following an arrow like long throw from Megan Cambell on the stroke of half-time, was just reward for a dominant first half performance. Left back Campbell scored the second with a dipping volley on sixty three minutes to cap a very worthy victory. The quality of play from our team, evidenced by their patient build up from the back and and accuracy of pass, indicates that coach Bell is making significant progress in the development of the team.
EFL Cup third round contests on Tuesday evening...19/09/2017
The third round in the EFL Cup commenced this evening with a number of Irish fringe players in action. Scott Hogan started for Aston Villa but was withdrawn on sixty three minutes of their two nil defeat by visitors Middlesbrough while young midfielder Jake Doyle-Hayes completed ninety minutes for the hosts. Wes Hoolihan started for Norwich City in their comfortable three one victory at Brentford. Teenage midfielder Jayson Molumby together with twenty year old Des Hutchinson both started for Brighton & Hove Albion in their one nil extra-time defeat at AFC Bournemouth while Burnley had Kevin Long and fit again Jeff Hendrick in their starting eleven for the visit of Leeds United for whom Conor Shaughnessy started at Turf Moor. Robbie Brady was introduced on seventy two minutes and scored the equaliser which forced the match into extra-time and penalties where Leeds prevailed by five goals to three. Teenager Declan Rice was in the starting eleven for West Ham United in their three nil home victory over Bolton Wanderers while fellow teenager Conor Ronan was introduced from the Wolves bench on sixty eight minutes of their one nil extra-time defeat of Bristol Rovers at Molineaux. Callum O'Dowda completed ninety minutes for Bristol City who defeated visitors Stoke City by two goals to nil while Liam Kelly was a second half substitute for Reading in their two nil home defeat by Swansea City.
Airtricity League activity on Saturday evening...16/09/2017
Relegation threatened Finn Harps and Sligo Rovers went head to head in the Airtricity League Premier Division on Saturday evening at Finn Park with the visitors scoring a last minute goal for a two one victory. Waterford are First Division champions following the surprise capitulation of Cobh Ramblers who went down to a three nil home defeat by Cabinteely in St Colman's Park.
Dundalk lift EA Sports Cup in Tallaght Stadium today...16/09/2017
Dundalk have won the 2017 EA Sports Cup following their three nil victory over Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium this Saturday afternoon. An early goal from David McMillan set the 'Lilywhites' on their way and late strikes from Patrick McEleney and Thomas Stewart set the seal on victory.
Saturday afternoon action in the Premier League...16/09/2017
The Premier League struggle continues for Crystal Palace who went down to a one nil defeat by Southampton, who had Shane Long in their starting eleven, in this afternoon's early kick-off at Selhurst Park. Jeff Hendrick has returned to fitness but does not make the Burnley squad at Liverpool where Robbie Brady and Stephen Ward started in their one all draw owith Jon Walters and Kevin Long on the substitute bench. Newcastle United duo, Rob Elliot and Ciaran Clark both started in their two one success over visitors Stoke City. The Hawthorns hosted the scoreless draw between West Bromwich Albion, for whom James McClean was a late substitute, and West Ham United who had Declan Rice on the substitute bench.
The Championship on Saturday afternoon...16/09/2017
Much Irish interest in the Championship is currently focussed on Preston North End striker Sean Maguire who, together with Alan Browne, started in their three one success at Birmingham City this afternoon with Daryl Horgan on the substitute bench. Leeds United midfielder Eunan O'Kane is another player currently catching the eye and he together with the emerging Conor Shaughnessy were in the starting eleven which went down to a one nil defeat by Millwall, for whom Aiden O'Brien scored the winner at the Den. Midweek goalscorer Daryl Murphy started for Nottingham Forest and faced Matt Doherty and Wolverhampton Wanderers who prevailed by two goals to one at the City Ground. Darren Randolph and Cyrus Christie both started for Middlesbrough in their three two defeat of visitors QPR for whom Ryan Manning was also a starter. Liam Kelly scored the equaliser from the penalty spot for Reading at Brentford while half-time substitute David Meyler also scored a late equaliser for Hull City at home to Sunderland. Also on the scoresheet was David McGoldrick who scored the second for Ipswich Town in their two nil victory over visitors Bolton Wanderers. Glenn Whelan and Conor Hourihane started while Scott Hogan was a late substitute for Aston Villa who secured a three nil victory at Barnsley in the late kick-off.